• Man accused of setting ex's house on fire, robbing bank, arrested in Mass.


    GASTON COUNTY, N.C. - A Gaston County man will be in a Massachusetts court room Thursday -- a week after officers in North Carolina started looking for him.

    John Pierre Gendron is accused of setting his ex-girlfriend's house on fire in Cherryville and robbing a bank in Lincolnton.

    Ironically, authorities were able to track down Gendron after they said he robbed a bank in Massachusetts Wednesday.

    Investigators said Gendron was on his way to catch a bus back to North Carolina Wednesday when he robbed the bank. That is where police arrested him.

    State and federal authorities were looking for Gendron after they said he set his ex-girlfriend's house on fire and then robbed a bank two days later.

    Police said in both bank robberies, Gendron handed the teller a note demanding cash.

    Gendron is expected to be arraigned Thursday in Massachusetts before being brought back to North Carolina.

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